To Kill A Mockingbird Performance Analysis

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This past weekend, the stage adaption of the classic novel, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, preformed for the members of Marywood’s community and any/all local community members at the Sette Laverghetta Center for Performing Arts. The performance was well executed, from the choice of scenery to the casting of each character. From the beginning, the stage was set with its choice of scenery, lighting, and costumes. The backdrop was a transparent image depicting woods. It gave off a somewhat dark and eerie vibe. Also, the transparency of the backdrop allowed for various characters to either hind in the woods or to pass through. Additionally, the simple scenery and props allowed for them to be used for various scenes. The homes of Atticus …show more content…

Each actor/actress fully embraced their given roles (some played multiple characters). For instance, Rhianna Lewis’ performance of Scout was so well done that it was almost as if the role was performed by a young child. Lewis captures the innocence, curiosity, and personality that helps to shape the character of Scout Finch. Robert Eskra’s portrayal of Atticus Finch was also very well executed. He portrayed as a loving and wise father who tries to teach his children compassion and empathy. In addition, one of the best performances of the night was Sarah Wagner’s portrayal of Mayella Ewell during the trail scene. You could feel the emotion and intensity as Wagner delivered Mayella’s testimony to the court. The majority of the characters spoke with some form of a southern accent which also helps to set the scene in Alabama. In addition, the characters are all dressed in clothing that would be worn during the 1930s. From the floral dresses, blue suits, overalls, and dirt stains, each actor was dressed to depict their character …show more content…

The play tells the story of how a little compassion and empathy can change a town. Also, it touches on notes of racial injustice, class division, gender roles, and loss of innocence. Throughout the course of the play, Scout can be seen to slowly lose her innocence as she begins to learn about racial injustice, crimes (rape), and life. She is also shown to break stereotypical gender roles by dressing as a tomboy and going by the name Scout instead of Jean Louise. Racial injustice is portrayed when Tom Robinson was deemed guilty for attacking and raping Mayella Ewell. The overall theme of compassion was shown throughout the play when the characters began to understand Boo Radley’s reason for staying inside and when Tom Robinson was wrongfully charged for a crime he did not commit. It was also emphasized at the end of the play when all the characters joined together one by one saying “stand in other people’s shoes to finally see them.” A person will never truly understand another until they take the time to see things from the other person’s point of

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  • Describes how the stage adaptation of harper lee's classic novel, to kill a mockingbird, performed at the sette laverghetta center for performing arts.
  • Describes how the stage was set with its choice of scenery, lighting, and costumes. the transparent backdrop gave off a dark and eerie vibe.
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